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Could New 'Talk Therapy' Cut Cost of Treating Depression?

Posted 9 hours ago by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, July 22, 2016 – A simpler and less expensive form of talk therapy is as effective as the gold-standard treatment – cognitive behavioral therapy – for treating depression in adults, a new study suggests. The researchers found that so-called behavioral activation therapy treats depression just as well as cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). But behavioral activation can be provided by mental health workers with minimal training and is significantly cheaper, the study authors contended. Cognitive behavioral therapy is provided by highly trained and highly paid specialists. In many countries, CBT is available only to patients who can afford it or who have health insurance, and waiting lists can be long. For example, in the United States, only about one-fourth of people with depression have received any form of psychological therapy in the last 12 months, the researchers said. The ... Read more

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Religion a Buffer Against Suicide for Women, Study Suggests

Posted 29 Jun 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, June 29, 2016 – Women who regularly attend religious services may have a lower risk of suicide than those who don't, a new study suggests. U.S. researchers reviewed data on nearly 90,000 women. They were enrolled in the Nurses' Health Study from 1996 to 2010. During that time, there were 36 suicides. About 19 percent of women in the study attended religious services more than once a week. Around 41 percent attended once a week. Approximately 16 percent attended services less than once a week, and about 24 percent never attended religious services, the study found. Women who attended religious services at least once a week had a five times lower risk of suicide than those who never attended services, the study showed. However, the study could only show an association and not a cause-and-effect relationship. The study authors also noted that most of the women in the study were ... Read more

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Job Hunting? Maybe a Therapist Can Help

Posted 20 Jun 2016 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, June 20, 2016 – The unemployed may find help for their job search in an unexpected place – a therapist's office. A type of counseling called cognitive behavioral therapy teaches skills that might help people who are unemployed get a job, a new study suggests. Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) can be used to help people with depression. This type of therapy teaches people to identify negative thoughts and replace them with positive ones. "Searching for a job is difficult in any circumstance, but it may be even more difficult for people who are depressed," said study co-author Daniel Strunk, an associate professor of psychology at Ohio State University. "But we found that there are specific skills that can help not only manage the symptoms of depression but also make it more likely that a person will receive a job offer," Strunk said in a university news release. The study ... Read more

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Study Questions Use of Antidepressants for Children, Teens

Posted 9 Jun 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, June 8, 2016 – Treating children and teens suffering from depression with antidepressants may be both ineffective and potentially dangerous, a new analysis suggests. Of the 14 antidepressants studied, only fluoxetine (Prozac) was more effective in treating depression than an inactive placebo in children and teens, the review found. And Effexor (venlafaxine) was linked to a higher risk of suicidal thoughts and attempts compared to a placebo and five other antidepressants, the researchers reported. "In the clinical care of young people with major depressive disorder, clinical guidelines recommend psychotherapy – especially cognitive behavioral therapy or interpersonal therapy – as the first-line treatment," said study author Dr. Andrea Cipriani. He is an associate professor in the department of psychiatry at the University of Oxford, in England. Major depression affects ... Read more

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Among U.S. Military, Army Members Face Highest Suicide Risk

Posted 6 Jun 2016 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, June 6, 2016 – Suicide rates have been increasing among all active U.S. Navy, Air Force and Army personnel, but those in the Army appear to be most at risk, new research indicates. An analysis of all U.S. military suicides between 2005 and 2011 revealed that the suicide rate among Army members was roughly double that seen among the second highest risk group, the Marines. The investigation further revealed that guns are the principal cause of most military suicides. Firearms were implicated in more than 62 percent of all suicide cases that have a definitive cause of death, the study found. "The trends in suicide are similar to what others have found," said study lead author Andrew Anglemyer, from California State University, Monterey Bay. "The differences in those rates between services are striking, though. Not only are most suicides in the active duty military among the Army ... Read more

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Scans Spot Brain Region That Misfires in Depressed People

Posted 31 May 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, May 31, 2016 – A part of the brain that responds to bad experiences acts in an unexpected way in people with depression, a small study finds. One theory suggested that the pea-sized structure called the habenula was overactive in people with depression, so researchers decided to test that hypothesis. The investigators scanned the brains of 25 people with depression and 25 people who never had depression while they were shown images associated with receiving or not receiving a shock. "Surprisingly, we saw the exact opposite of what we predicted," said study senior author Jonathan Roiser. "In people with depression, habenula activity actually decreased when they thought they would get a shock. This shows that in depressed people the habenula reacts in a fundamentally different way," he explained. "Although we still don't know how or why this happens, it's clear that the theory ... Read more

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Family Rejection Triples Risk for Suicide Attempts by Transgender People: Study

Posted 20 May 2016 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, May 19, 2016 – Transgender people can face big difficulties, but a new study shows their journey is made much harder when family members reject them. The researchers found that risks for attempting suicide more than tripled for transgender adults who experienced a "high level" of familial rejection. The risk for alcohol or drug abuse also rose much higher in these situations, the research found. Why is the potential rejection of parents, spouses and children so devastating? As researchers from the City University of New York explained, when transgender individuals face societal stigma, families can provide crucial support. However, when their families shut them out, this may deprive transgender people of a much-needed emotional "buffer" against that discrimination, wrote co-authors Augustus Klein and Sarit Golub. One expert agreed that the support of loved ones is key. "This ... Read more

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States With More Gun Owners Have More Gun-Related Suicides: Study

Posted 20 May 2016 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, May 19, 2016 – In states where there are more gun owners, there are also more gun-related suicides, a new U.S. study finds. Looking at 33 years' worth of data, the researchers found that states with more gun owners generally had more suicides by firearm among both men and women. Men in those states also had higher overall suicide rates. The findings do not prove that guns lead to more suicides, said lead researcher Dr. Michael Siegel, a professor at the Boston University School of Public Health. However, his team considered many other factors that could affect a state's suicide patterns – including unemployment levels, divorce rates, crime and residents' typical alcohol intake. And still, suicide rates rose in tandem with gun ownership, Siegel noted. For every 10-percentage-point increase in a state's gun ownership level, the rate of gun-related suicides among men rose by 3 ... Read more

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Scientists Test 'Magic Mushroom' Chemical for Tough-to-Treat Depression

Posted 17 May 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, May 17, 2016 – A hallucinogenic compound found in "magic mushrooms" shows promise in treating depression, a small, preliminary study found. "Depression continues to affect a large proportion of the population, many of whom do not respond to conventional treatments," said Dr. Scott Krakower, a psychiatrist who reviewed the study. "Although this was a small study, it does offer hope for new, unconventional treatments, to help those who are battling with severe depression," said Krakower, who is chief of psychiatry at Zucker Hillside Hospital in Glen Oaks, N.Y. The new trial included 12 people with moderate to severe depression who had been resistant to standard treatment. All of the patients were given the compound psilocybin, found in hallucinogenic mushrooms. Three months after treatment, seven patients had reduced symptoms of depression, according to a team led by Dr. Robin ... Read more

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Could Inducing Brief, Mild 'Fever' Help Ease Depression?

Posted 16 May 2016 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, May 16, 2016 – Temporarily raising the body temperature of people who are depressed seems to ease symptoms for up to six weeks, a small new study finds. The treatment, known as whole-body hyperthermia, essentially gives patients a mild, transient fever, the researchers explained. Similar to some antidepressant drugs, the treatment is thought to work by activating a part of the brain that produces the chemical serotonin. This brain region is less active in people with depression, the researchers explained. "Our hope is to find better and faster-acting treatments for depression than the antidepressants currently in use," said lead researcher Dr. Charles Raison of the University of Wisconsin. "We think that using heat to stimulate the skin activates serotonin-producing cells in the mid-brain, which then produce a change in how the brain functions," he explained in a university ... Read more

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Depressive Episode May Not Always Follow Mania in Bipolar Disorder

Posted 10 May 2016 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, May 9, 2016 – While many may associate bipolar disorder with episodes of mania followed by periods of depression, a new study suggests that's often not the case. Researchers say states of anxiety are equally as likely as to follow manic episodes as depression. The finding might have implications for better treatment, the research team said. "For years, we may have missed opportunities to evaluate the effects of treatments for bipolar disorder on anxiety," said study lead author Dr. Mark Olfson, a professor of psychiatry at Columbia University Medical Center in New York City. "The results of our study suggest that researchers should begin to ask whether, and to what extent, treatments for bipolar disorder relieve anxiety as well as mania and depression," he added in a university new release. According to the study authors, about 5.7 million Americans have bipolar disorder, which ... Read more

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Seniors' Worsening Depression May Sometimes Predict Dementia

Posted 30 Apr 2016 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, April 29, 2016 – In some cases, worsening symptoms of depression in seniors might point to early dementia, a new study suggests. The Dutch study can't prove cause-and-effect, and certainly not every depressed senior is headed for dementia. But experts said the findings are intriguing. "More research is needed, but the study raises the possibility of an overlap between the pathology of dementia and depression," said Dr. Gisele Wolf-Klein, who reviewed the findings. She directs geriatric education at Northwell Health in New Hyde Park, N.Y. The study was led by Dr. M Arfan Ikram, an epidemiologist at Erasmus University Medical Center in Rotterdam. His team tracked depression symptoms in more than 3,300 adults, aged 55 and older, in the Netherlands for 11 years. The patients were then monitored for signs of dementia for another 10 years. During that follow-up, 434 of the ... Read more

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Omega-3 Fish Oil Supplements Might Boost Antidepressants' Effects

Posted 26 Apr 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, April 26, 2016 – Omega-3 fish oil supplements may improve the effectiveness of antidepressants, new research suggests. Researchers reviewed the findings of eight clinical trials worldwide, as well as other evidence, and concluded that the supplements appear to help battle depression in people already on medication. "Omega-3 fish oil – in combination with antidepressants – had a statistically significant effect over a placebo," said study leader Jerome Sarris. He is head of the ARCADIA Mental Health Research Group at the University of Melbourne in Australia. The study looked at the result of trials where patients battling depression took either a standard antidepressant plus a form of omega-3 fish oil, versus the antidepressant plus an inactive placebo. "The difference for patients taking both antidepressants and omega-3, compared to a placebo, was highly significant," Sarris ... Read more

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FDA Proposes Ban on 'Shock' Device Used to Curb Self-Harm

Posted 22 Apr 2016 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, April 22, 2016 – Electrical stimulation devices, used to treat self-harming or aggressive behaviors, should be banned, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said Friday. The devices pose substantial risks that cannot be eliminated through labeling changes, according to the agency. These electrical stimulation devices deliver shocks through electrodes attached to the skin in an attempt to condition people to stop hurting themselves or being aggressive. However, there is evidence that the devices are associated with a number of significant physical and mental health risks. These risks include: depression, anxiety, worsening of self-injury behaviors and post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms, pain, burns, tissue damage and unintended shocks from device malfunctions, the FDA said. The agency also pointed out that many people treated with these devices have intellectual or ... Read more

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ER Screenings Could Help Prevent Suicide: Study

Posted 11 Apr 2016 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, April 11, 2016 – Routine screening of emergency room patients for suicide risk might be an effective way to prevent it, a new study suggests. Nurses at eight ERs were trained to screen patients for three suicide risk factors: depression, suicidal thoughts and previous suicide attempts. Over five years, suicide screenings rose from 26 percent to 84 percent, and detection of patients at risk of suicide increased from nearly 3 percent to 5.7 percent, the University of Massachusetts Medical School researchers found. The study was published in the April issue of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine. "Our study is the first to demonstrate that near-universal suicide risk screening can be done in a busy [emergency department] during routine care," lead author Edwin Boudreaux said in a university news release. Boudreaux is vice chairman of research in the department of emergency ... Read more

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